Theme Houses

APU’s Theme House communities provide connection around topics and activities you care about. Each house combines living and learning as students connect to each other, learn and serve together, and grow in their relationship with God. In a Theme House, students might have a discussion with a campus pastor over dinner, help plant a community garden, or host a question-and-answer session with a professor about media or art. General plans and rhythms exist for each house, but each year the houses will look different based on the passions and ideas the students bring to the community. Follow along with the Theme Houses experience by visiting our Facebook page.

The 2018–19 Theme Houses:

Outdoor Adventure House

Outdoor Adventure House offers a place for people who love the outdoors and want to get off campus throughout the semester to hike, camp, climb, and participate in other outdoor activities with their neighbors. From backpacking in Yosemite to beach clean-ups, and outdoor skill workshops to group discussions, you’ll have the chance to live, play, and serve alongside others.

  • Time Commitment:
    • Weekly one-hour community meetings/dinners
    • Various weekend trip and day or evening outing opportunities
  • Access to camping and backpacking equipment
  • Opportunities to serve in the Azusa/Greater Los Angeles area during the semester
  • Discounts to area gear shops
  • Commit to and sign the Theme House Pledge (available at the Office of Residence Life)

In partnership with Communiversity's Outdoor Adventures and High Sierra.

Discipleship House

Living in the Discipleship House provides an opportunity to deepen your commitment to Christ by learning about and practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of a community. This community focuses on spiritual disciplines embraced by Christians across denominational and generational lines. Through participation in discussions, prayer, shared meals, and regular interactions with members of the Campus Pastors, you can explore your faith and find support in your desire to be more spiritually connected on campus in meaningful ways.

  • Time Commitment:
    • Weekly one-hour community meetings/dinners with a focus on spiritual disciplines
    • Monthly attendance by a member of the Campus Pastors
    • Participate in Spiritual Formation Week (fall)
    • Opportunities to serve in the Azusa/Greater Los Angeles Area once a semester
  • Commit to and sign the Theme House Pledge (available at the Office of Residence Life)

In partnership with the Campus Pastor's Office and the Office of Discipleship Ministries.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become part of a house?

  1. Pick up a Housing appointment ticket between March 26–April 6.
  2. Go to the Office of Residence Life, sign the Theme House Pledge, and have your ticket stamped before your Housing appointment time
  3. Show up at your group’s earliest applicable appointment time and present your tickets to Housing. If at least two of your group’s tickets are stamped and there are theme housing options available, you can sign up for a Theme House.

Who can be a part of the theme houses?

Theme Houses are for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Where are the houses located?

The Theme House community is located in The Shire, with each individual house grouped together.

Do theme houses cost extra?

No, the cost of living in a Theme House is the same as living in The Shire.

Can I live with people who aren’t a part of the house?

At least two students in each apartment must be a part of the theme house.